Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announced their Second Pregnancy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they are expecting their second child after being married for almost three years. They made this announcement on Valentine’s day, and the date is extra special, because Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana,  officially announced she was expecting her second child — Harry — in February 1984. Even though she made the announcement a day before Valentine’s day, the news was officially spread on the 14th of February, 1984.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, announced their second pregnancy on Sunday with an amazing black-and-white photoshoot taken by their long-time photographer, and close friend, Misan Harriman. The photographs were taken remotely, respecting the social distancing regulations, via iPad. In the images, the couple is seeing smiling, Prince Harry lovingly looks at Meghan, who’s cradling her baby bump while resting on Harry’s lap.

Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 – 1997) arrive in Alice Springs, Australia, with their son Prince William, March 1983.
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The baby will be the younger sibling to the couple’s firstborn, Archie Harrison, who will turn 2 on May 6th. A spokesperson for the couple revealed:

“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

In the photographs, the Dutchess is wearing a flowing dress made by Carolina Hererra. Meghan first wore the same dress when she was pregnant with her firstborn Archie. The Dutchess has been collaborating with the brand’s creative director, Wes Gordon for a long time, and she chose to continue the collaboration during her second pregnancy as well.

Meghan Markle and Archie
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A few months ago, on November 25th, New York Times published an honest and heartbreaking essay written by Markle, where she revealed that she suffered a miscarriage last July. In the essay she wrote:

“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

Meghan added:

It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib. After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right,” she continued. “I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.”

Last year, the Duke and Dutches of Sussex officially stepped down from their roles as senior royals and the reason for this groundbreaking decision was their desire to have a normal family life. A source from the palace said that the birth of Archie played a huge role in their decision. The couple’s focus shifted after the birth of their first child, and a friend of theirs said that they wanted to do what’s right for their family.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Archie
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The couple has been planning on expanding their family, and in 2019, Prince Harry revealed that he and his wife want a maximum of two children.

Currently, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are living in Santa Barbara, California and they have been focused on developing their foundation Archewell. The couple is said to have been “over the moon” since their first child was born, and the new addition will only add to their happiness.

After Archie’s birth, Markle said:

“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy. He’s just been a dream.”

The Duke of Sussex added:

“It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever possibly imagine. [We look forward to spending] precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up.”

Their close friends have said that they are really chill and relaxed and parents, and to celebrate Archie’s first birthday last may, the Dutchess baked a smash cake, while the Duke was in charge of the birthday décor. During the small birthday party, the couple chose to include video calls with their closest friends and family members.

A source revealed:

“They Zoomed with godparents, friends, and family and had a really simple but incredibly joyous day.”

Prince Harry and Archie
Credit: Sussex Royals

During the ongoing pandemic, Prince Harry has been embracing family life. He shared:

“There’s a hell of a lot of positives that are happening at the same time and being able to have family time — so much family time — that you almost think, ‘Do I feel guilty for having so much family time?’ You’ve got to celebrate those moments where you are just on the floor rolling around in hysterics. Inevitably, half an hour later, maybe a day later, there’s going to be something that you have to deal with and there’s no way you can run away from it.”

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson revealed that Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and the entire royal family is “delighted” and wishes them well.

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